Science Debate 2008 December 21, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in politics, science.
Wouldn’t it be cool if the presidential candidates had a debate about science? I’d love to see them address:
- How do they see the connection between science and our country’s future?
- What should science’s funding be?
- Many of you are voting members of congress: what do you think of the current science funding train-wreck? (no, there is no bias in that question!)
- Peer review vs. Pork?
- Evolution, Creationism, and ID. I’d like to see this posed in such a way that if anyone waffles to avoid pissing people off it is clear they are waffling (I don’t hold onto the illusion that one can pose the question in a way to prevent waffling).
- How can our space program further science goals? Man vs Machine missions?
- Immigration, visas, and their connection to scientific research.
- What should the role of the science advisor to the president be?
- What is the proper balance between applied research (i.e. hydrogen cars) and pure research (i.e. much of what goes on in science departments around the country).
I’m sure there are other things we should ask them. But seriously, it is time for science to enter the conversation.
There is a petition up to try to force the issue, or at least focus our wrath… Science Debate 2008. Sign it if you are willing. And spread the word to any like-minded friends of yours!
I note with some pride that Mark Emmert, the President of the University of Washington, signed it.